LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month
Observed byAustralia
Canada
Hungary
United Kingdom
United States
Ireland
TypeNational, civil rights, cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation, HRC, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
SignificanceCelebration of LGBT history
BeginsFebruary (United Kingdom)
May (Ireland)
October (United States)
October (Canada)
October (Australia)
Date1994
FrequencyAnnual

LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.[1] It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson.[2] LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.[3] As of 2020, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to Hungary, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greenland, and the city of Berlin.

In the United States, Canada, and Australia, it is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on 11 October and to commemorate the first and second marches on Washington in 1979 and 1987 for LGBT rights.[4] In Hungary and the United Kingdom, it is observed during February; in the UK this coincides with a major celebration of the 2003 abolition of Section 28.[5] In Berlin, It is known as Queer History Month and is celebrated in June.[6]

  1. ^ LGBT History Month Resources Archived 18 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ J.R. Tungol (4 October 2012). "LGBT History Month Icon of the Day: Rodney Wilson". The Huffington Post.
  3. ^ K.L. Billingsley (21 July 1996). "NEA drops plan for gay history month". The Washington Times.
  4. ^ "Op-ed: The Story Behind the First LGBT History Month". 2 September 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Home". Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Erster Berliner Queer History Month". fu-berlin.de (in German). 3 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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